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7:55 AM ET, March 14, 2014


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Gabriel Arana / American Prospect:
Ezra Klein's Queer New Hire  —  Brandon Ambrosino (Photo Courtesy of Media Matters)  —  On Tuesday, former Washington Post pundit (and Prospect alum) Ezra Klein sent a shock wave through the gay community by announcing he had hired gay anti-gay apologist Brandon Ambrosino to join him at Vox Media …
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Vox's Unbelievably Terrible New Hire  —  On Wednesday, Ezra Klein's new media venture, Vox, announced that it had hired Brandon Ambrosino as a writing fellow, presumably to cover the LGBTQ beat.  Vox likely thought that by hiring Ambrosino, the outlet would be introducing a brash, unconventional new voice to a broader audience.
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Hipster Homophobia: Ezra Klein's Vox hires Falwell-loving gay-bashing “gay”  —  Ezra Klein's new Web media venture,, has just hired a controversial gay-bashing “gay” named Brandon Ambrosino to write for the new online publication.  (Vox on Facebook, Vox on Twitter.)
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
John McCain cites Ronald Reagan, slams GOP on Ukraine aid  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) ripped fellow Republicans on Thursday for objecting to a package of aid and sanctions to respond to the Ukrainian crisis, calling himself “embarrassed” and telling his GOP colleagues: “Don't call yourself Reagan Republicans.”
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Jobless deal came down to wire
Discussion: National Review and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Russia Massing Military Forces Near Border With Ukraine  —  MOSCOW — Russia's Defense Ministry announced new military operations in several regions near the Ukrainian border on Thursday, even as Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany warned the Kremlin to abandon the politics of the 19th …
Susan Crabtree / Washington Examiner:
John Kerry: Russia has until Monday to reverse course in Ukraine  —  JOHN KERRY RUSSIA PENNAVE FOREIGN POLICY EUROPE UKRAINE EU CRIMEA  —  Secretary of State John Kerry warned of serious repercussions for Russia on Monday if last-ditch talks over the weekend to resolve the crisis in Ukraine failed …
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Guardian
Alicia Mundy / Wall Street Journal:
Sen. Landrieu Steps Up Pressure on Kerry to Clear Keystone XL Pipeline  —  Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana intensified the pressure on Secretary of State John Kerry, a former Senate colleague, to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline.  —  During a hearing on the State Department's 2015 budget …
Discussion: Hot Air
Daily Mail:
Officials ‘convinced’ two communications systems on missing jet were deliberately shut off 14-minutes apart as it emerges aircraft DID keep ‘pinging’ for hours after vanishing at 35,000 ft  — U.S. official said two separate communication systems were shut down ‘deliberately’ shortly after take-off
Ana Marie Cox / Guardian:
Paul Ryan's ‘inner city’ comment might mean he's racist, but he sure is classist  —  Does he think black people are lazy?  He definitely thinks poor people are.  And laws reinforce lawmakers with logic like that.  —  “We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular …
Jeane MacIntosh / New York Post:
Former NJ gov's son found dead in Mexico of apparent suicide  —  The son of former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine killed himself in a Mexico City hotel, sources told The Post on Thursday.  —  Jeffrey Corzine, 31, was the youngest of Corzine's three children with ex-wife and childhood sweetheart Joanne Corzine.
Discussion: Business Insider
Jamie Self / The State:
ELECTION 2014: Lindsey Graham challenger calls SC senator “ambiguously gay”  —  COLUMBIA, SC — Four of U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's announced challengers in June's Republican primary pledged support for each other Thursday if any of them end up in a runoff with the Seneca incumbent.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Clive Bates / The counterfactual:
Cease and desist: making false claims about the gateway effect  —  I am totally exasperated by nonsensical spin about the so-called gateway effect from pseudo-scientists, misguided officials, prohibitionists and propagandists.  —  Unable to take any more, I decided to write to Professor Stanton Glantz …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jeff Goodell / Rolling Stone:
Bill Gates: The Rolling Stone Interview  —  The richest man in the world explains how to save the planet  —  At 58, Bill Gates is not only the richest man in the world, with a fortune that now exceeds $76 billion, but he may also be the most optimistic.  In his view, the world …
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Pelosi: Alleged CIA spying on Senate committee ‘appalling’  —  Washington (CNN) - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called recent allegations of CIA spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee “pretty appalling” and said the agency's response to the controversy has been “befuddling” so far.
Discussion: Politico
Ken Dilanian / Los Angeles Times:
CIA lawyer Robert Eatinger is no stranger to controversy
Phillip Inman / Guardian:
China's Li Keqiang warns investors to prepare for wave of bankruptcies  —  World's second largest economy is facing ‘serious challenges’ and many companies with high debts are being forced to the wall  —  China is braced for a wave of industrial bankruptcies as its slowing economy forces companies …
Discussion: ParaPundit and Vox Popoli
Sarah Mimms /
Spotted in the Senate: Rep. Phil Gingrey, ‘Just Measuring the Drapes’  —  The congressman from Georgia faces a seven-way Senate primary on May 20.  —  Phil Gingrey paid a visit to the Senate on Thursday, checking out the chamber he hopes will be his new home starting next year.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Salvador Rizzo / New Jersey Online:
Hecklers ejected after disrupting Christie town hall in Mount Laurel  —  MOUNT LAUREL — Angry protesters turned up at Gov. Chris Christie's town hall today, shouting criticisms about the governor's handling of the George Washington Bridge scandal and Hurricane Sandy relief funding.
Benjamin Goad / The Hill:
Business groups stunned as Obama gives millions overtime  —  Business groups and congressional Republicans are blasting regulations President Obama will announce Thursday that could extend overtime pay to as many as 10 million workers who are now ineligible for it.
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Hank Campbell / The Federalist:
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Alicia Budich / CBS News:
Democrats convinced Darrell Issa can't hold Lois Lerner in contempt
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Ron Paul: Putin Has ‘Law on His Side’ with Crimean Invasion
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Hit & Run
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Boehner invites Pope to address Congress
Discussion: Politico and Wall Street Journal
Andrew Johnson / National Review:
Chris Matthews: ‘The Senate Goes’
Discussion: NewsBusters and Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
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Longer mandate delay for some who saw health plans canceled
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Obama endangers Dems
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Missouri Man Who Accidentally Shot Himself Sues Police For Taking His Guns
Discussion: Kearney Courier
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
In narrow vote, Senate backs ending early voting on weekends
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Philip Elliott / Associated Press: